"Permission to board," we ask before removing our street shoes and coming aboard to support owners and their vessels to make a crossing. The start of any length voyage is filled with great doses of excitement and there is never a shortage of work. Provisioning the right amount of food, water, fuel, tools, and supplies to perform underway repairs is very mentally consuming and requires a great deal of time. We always begin by carefully examining six key areas: engine, fuel, steering, bilge, navigation tools, and safety equipment. Take a look at what we found.
Removing rust on the rudder post bracket uncovered a stress crack clear through.
Even a seemingly clean fuel system can be challenged as
sediment sitting in the bottom of the tank is mixed throughout all the fuel in the tanks by stiff conditions.